Tale of two embroideries
While it would be nice to see the Bayeux Tapestry again [Ambitious bid to put 240ft-long Bayeux Tapestry on show in city, Gazette, Jan 18], and clearly it ought to be displayed locally as it was believed to have been made here, I do think we ought to reciprocate in kind to our French friends. I suggest, therefore, that we lend them in return the Overlord Embroidery currently and normally displayed at the D-day Museum at Southsea, Portsmouth.
This would form an interesting counterpoint, with the one showing an invasion of England from Normandy that brought tyranny and oppression to the people of the country and the other an invasion from England to Normandy bringing freedom from tyranny and oppression almost 900 years later. Bob Britnell, Orchard Close, Canterbury
The announcement in last week’s Gazette that the Bayeux Tapestry is likely to be sent on loan from Normandy for exhibition in the UK in five years time is fantastic news for those of us fascinated by our European history.
The bid by the city council to bring it to Canterbury is very welcome, and it will surely attract huge crowds and many tourist dollars wherever it goes. William reportedly recuperated in Canterbury after the Battle of Hastings, on his way to be crowned in London, and we could increase the chances of seeing the Tapestry here by making much more of our Norman heritage – firstly by declaring that the unique corner of the 1066 Norman motte and bailey castle under St Mary Bredin School should now be scheduled (it has always been part of the already scheduled Dane John ancient monument) – and secondly by planning a celebration of East Kent’s role in the Norman Conquest by putting on a special festival, with plays, exhibitions, re-enactments and pageants.
Perhaps this would also initiate a much needed shake-up of our sorely neglected World Heritage Site status, and speed up reclamation of the troubled Dane John Gardens for the people of Canterbury and our visitors? Can our city grasp such an opportunity? Chris Tucker and Dick VaneWright, Canterbury with “utter contempt” just because Cllr Baldock actively promotes a wholesome green agenda for our severely congested and polluted city.
With Mr Hudson continuously belittling the laudable efforts of cyclists/ walkers and revolutionary city council air quality/public transport initiatives in an unconcealed attempt to benefit the fossil fuel and motor vehicle industries, it seems obvious to me that it is he who clearly regards the urgent health improvements required for Canterbury residents as worthless and beneath consideration – ironically, the very definition of contempt. Clive Wilkins-oppler, Garlinge Green, Petham
Mr Hudson’s view in last weeks Gazette that Cllr Baldock is apparently treating his voters with utter contempt strikes me as rudeness and ignorance.
Canterbury is right to be identifying suitable locations for the rollout out of electric vehicle charging points, as this is today’s technology which many people will be converting to in the coming years.
But to assume that you must also have large multi-storey car parks is incorrect, as the city is presently being choked by large volumes of traffic which will not go away with the move to electric vehicles.
He should note that there is a strong desire from many residents who actually live in the city to see a ‘modal shift’ in transport methods.
I always support and encourage development but we must also look to protect and enhance our city.
As someone who lives near the proposed Station Road West car park scheme, after some time deliberating I now fully understand why people do not want this monstrosity which will only further congest our streets.
No one is suggesting that you can’t drive to Canterbury using your electric vehicle, but perhaps it is best to leave it at the Park and Ride.
We should always be striving to find better solutions to move traffic around Canterbury and other means of bringing visitors into the beautiful and historic city without them also bringing their cars.
I believe that Cllr Baldock is in fact looking out for the best interests of the residents of Northgate and the wider city. Allen Tullett, Cross Street, Canterbury individuals [Crack down on tax havens’].
Tonight, I have watched a news item about the tremendous strain the NHS is currently experiencing – patients in corridors, ambulances unable to attend to new calls because they cannot hand patients over, overworked and demoralised NHS staff.
It does not take much to work out that there might be a connection between these issues. Spending on essential services, like the NHS, depends upon a political will to raise sufficient money to fund them adequately. It appears that this government does not have that will, preferring, instead, to blame ‘scroungers’ and an ageing population for the difficulties.
The government claims to have increased funding for the NHS, but, obviously, not enough to meet the increasing demand (the UK spends less per head on healthcare than France, Germany, USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and, of course, Scandinavian countries).
Studies suggest that people are willing to pay more tax for decent services.
However, they are fed up when they see multinational companies, with highly paid executives, and some rich individuals not paying their fair share. Susan Lakeman, South Canterbury Road, Canterbury